Man Convicted For Extorting And Cyberstalking Three Young Women

Man Convicted For Extorting And Cyberstalking Three Young Women

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 29 January 2020 04:07

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

WILMINGTON, N.C. -  A man will spend up to 25 months in prison after pleading guilty on January 27th, to three counts of Felony Extortion and three counts of Cyberstalking. 

According to District Attorney Ben David, Kevin Allen Kerney, age 33 of Randolph County, "Posed online as a female modeling scout and solicited photographs in various states of dress and undress for potential modeling jobs. Once Kerney received photographs from at least 14 young females across North Carolina, he threatened to distribute the photographs to family and friends if they did not provide photographs of an even more revealing nature."

David explained Kerney committed similar offenses in Guilford County, Montgomery County, and Alamance County.

He was charged for offenses in Guilford County and he entered pleas of guilty for those offenses on January 8, 2020. 

 Two victims are students of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).

Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan stated, "The defendant tricked the victims into feeling comfortable that they were dealing with a female who worked in the modeling industry. As soon as he obtained what he wanted, he attempted to force them to give him additional photographs or to be embarrassed. These young women were brave enough to come forward to make sure Mr. Kerney could not do this to anyone else."

 David explained, "Kerney will serve a minimum of 13 and a maximum of 25 months in prison. When released from prison, Kerney will be on supervised probation for 36 months, will have to undergo mental health and sexual offender specific mental health examinations and comply with all treatment recommendations, he will have to abstain from social media, and he is ordered to have no contact with the witnesses or their families. Should he violate the terms of this probation, Kerney faces an additional 26-50 months  in prison."

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